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Web Seminar: Google for Education & the Digital Evolution of Learning

Learn how administrators in the Leyden High School District 212 in Franklin Park, Ill., built and launched a 1:1 program for all 3,500 students using Google Chromebooks. Presenters will discuss how Chromebooks and Google for Education enable schools to use the power and simplicity of the web for unlimited teaching and learning opportunities.

New professional learning platform Chalk.com launched by Vetica

As a private online collaborative environment, Chalk.com creates a school and district wide professional learning community with the ability to share resources, hold discussions and work together.

Cerebellum launches a Standard Deviants video streaming website

Cerebellum Corporation has launched a new video streaming website for its line of Standard Deviants educational videos. Now students and educators can use the SD Instant Access digital delivery and playback platform to instantly download or stream 274 Standard Deviants titles.

Later start improves teens' health and grades, reduces car crashes

When high schools switch to later start times, student health and grades improve, according to a new University of Minnesota study funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study also found a link between later times and a reduction in car crashes involving teens.

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International students boost U.S. enrollment

Districts hurting financially are recruiting tuition-paying foreign students to increase enrollment and diversity. The number of high school students coming to the United States with an F-1 education visa increased to nearly 65,500 in 2012.

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Austin expands single-gender school choices

Two of Austin ISD’s middle schools will begin operating as single-gender schools next fall. The Young Men’s Leadership Academy at Garcia Middle School and the Young Women’s Leadership Academy at Pearce Middle School will enroll 600 sixth, seventh and eighth graders, and will focus on college readiness.

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Games students play in NYC

Sixth grade students at Quest to Learn, a New York City public school, recently got a two-week break from regular class work to build a giant Rube Goldberg machine. The project required students to use physics and geometry skills to build a complex scheme of pulleys and tubes to accomplish the simple act of popping a balloon.

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Lasers, electronics and robotics energize STEAM Carnival

A carnival with a twist is coming to the West coast this spring. Instead of eating cotton candy and riding Ferris wheels, students will navigate a laser maze and measure their strength in volts—all while learning engineering skills.

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Solar array construction completed at three Calif. schools

The construction of 1500 solar arrays at three of Willows Unified School District's campuses was completed with little disruption to the schools. Officials hope the solar project will save the district an average of $300,000 a year on utility costs over the 25-to-30-year life of the panels.

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